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The Ubele Initiative: Weekly News

January 30th, 2023

Welcome to the first edition of the Ubele Weekly News, where we’ll share information from our partners, collaborators and more on their exciting opportunities, events and news for each week.

These updates will be shared every Monday, so be sure to check in to keep up to date with industry news.


£20m funding to transform Selby Centre – Tottenham News

£20m has been earmarked to support the Selby site and its 60 community organisations.

Congratulations to the community campaigners who successfully opposed the 2016 Local Plan demolition threat to replace their site with housing, and have since worked so hard to develop an alternative vision - in collaboration with the Council - with the Selby Trust at its centre. And congratulations to the Save Bull Lane campaigners who have been lobbying for 40 years (40!) to protect the sports site adjacent to Selby. Of course there's still a long way to go, and no doubt further negotiations to be had.. threats to their siterm-selby-centre 


Shout Out UK Voter ID Public Awareness Campaign

Shout Out UK are well underway with their Voter ID public awareness campaign. They’ve reached over 3 million Londoners through social media! Here are their social media handles so that you can follow the campaign and support their activities.





BEO Appoints New CEO

Dr Wanda Wyporska has been appointed the new CEO to lead the Black Equity Organisation into 2023 and beyond.

She will officially join BEO in March 2023.

Wanda joins them from the Society of Genealogists, where she is the outgoing Chief Executive. 

She has a deep commitment and experience of working toward racial equality equity and is in a strong position to span the vast areas of policy, research, and campaigning. She is skilled at developing strategic partnerships and has worked with an impressive array of charities, government departments, corporates, and investors. These broad-ranging relationships will be vital as they embark on their next development phase.

Dr Wanda Wyporska

GLA Industrial Land Study 2020 Published

The Executive Summary of the GLA’s long awaited update to their Industrial Land Supply study has just been published on the GLA website, together with two appendices.  It covers the period 2015-2020.  The full report will be available in a few weeks’ time.

 Read the Executive Summary here.

Events and Opportunities

Free Training from Social Movement Technologies

The upcoming free training on Europe Top Tools & Tactics to Ramp Up your Online Organizing Game will bring together the best of what SMT has learned in its first ten years, training 10,000 staff and activists from 4,400+ organizations around the world.

With hate speech taking over Twitter, many of us are tired of corporate-owned social media. Join the free 2-part training on Mastodon as an alternative to Twitter covering basic to advanced topics including setting up a movement server.

Beyond this, SMT has 30+ trainings scheduled for 2023, 10+ of them free and 7 of them intensives, with multi-language access. 


Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women’s Organisation introduce ESOL classes

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Centre for Sustainable Energy Resources for Communities

CSE has lots of useful resources to help community businesses deepen their knowledge of energy efficiency, sustainability and community action.

These resources have been created by members of our Communities, Research & Analysis, Retrofit and Home Energy teams to offer comprehensive advice on sustainability.



Upcoming webinars

Wednesday 1 February 2023 – 15.00-16.00

The session will provide an overview of what to consider to make your building more energy efficient – whether that’s through zero cost behaviour changes or higher cost measures like renewable technologies.

Wednesday 1 March 2023 – 15.00-16.00

This session will provide a step-by-step explanation of how to use CSE’s DIY energy survey tool and how to use the results to build an action plan for your building.

Monday 3 April 2023 – 15.00-16.00

This session will cover how to fund higher cost energy efficiency measures and the installation of renewable or low carbon technologies in your building. We’ll provide practical tips about funding and submitting a grant application.

Wednesday 3 May 2023 – 15.00-17.00

This session will cover what fuel poverty is and how it’s impacting our communities. We’ll provide guidance for how to identify if someone is in fuel poverty and how you can support them.

Thursday 1 June 2023 – 15.00-16.30

This session will explore community-level initiatives for supporting people in your community to act on energy to reduce their carbon emissions and lower their bills. This will help businesses to understand how they can start building longer term community energy resilience.

Invitation to London Hope Hack        

The London VRU Young People’s Action Group would like to invite you and your young people to our first London Hope Hack!

The London Hope Hack is an exciting event that brings young people together to explore and develop innovative solutions to societal challenges that are the key causes of violence affecting young people.

The event will be hosted and led by the Violence Reduction Unit's Young People's Action Group and our community partners. It will be a day filled with interactive and engaging workshops, panel discussions and an opportunity for young people to provide feedback and questions to key decision-makers.

One of the reoccurring themes that young people express is the importance of youth voice in social change and policy advocacy.

This event is a great opportunity for young people to collectively develop policy asks with the view of creating a manifesto that will be presented to government and considered in the next mayoral and general elections.


1. Poverty & inequality

2. Wellness (Wellbeing)

3. Education & Employment

4. Housing & the environment

5. Racism & division

We would like to invite a minimum of 2 staff members and up to 15 young people  aged 14-25 from your youth organisation to participate in this event.

London VRU Hope Hack Tickets, Thu 16 Feb 2023 at 09:30 | Eventbrite

Please can you sign up by Monday 6th February . Thank you so much for your support.

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